lipostatic theory

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A homeostatic theory of hunger according to which the brain monitors the level in the blood of free fatty acids that result from the metabolism of fat. A low level indicates that fat has not recently been metabolized, and this leads to a lessening of hunger, whereas a high level indicates recent fat metabolism and increases hunger. Compare glucostatic theory. [From Greek lipos fat + statikos bringing to a standstill, from histanai to cause to stand or to weigh in a balance + -itikos resembling or marked by]

Subjects: Psychology.

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